Best Athletes The Best Current Soccer Players  

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The best current soccer players in the world are leading charge as some of the most iconic stars in the history of the game. These talented soccer athletes are leading their respective teams to championships with some of the biggest football clubs in the world, winning numerous awards and are fan favorites across the globe. If you were building the ultimate soccer dream team and had your selection of the elite players of today, these guys should be your top picks. Ranking the world's greatest footballers is no easy task, so cast your votes!

Unsurprisingly, these top current soccer players are also many of the top-paid professionals in the world today. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar and Lionel Messi sit high atop both lists with each earning tens of millions of dollars annually in combined income between their soccer salaries and their numerous product endorsements. Money aside, any of these guys could be considered the best soccer player in the world right now.

These players like Robin van Persie, Gareth Bale, and Andres Iniesta, are playing the best football of their careers. They are peaking in the sport and see little signs of stopping anytime soon.

Which soccer players are impressing you right now? Who do you think are the best current football players? Vote for your favorites, add those not listed or re-rank this list of the best current soccer players below. The players in the top 10 can be considered the most popular players in the world. When you're done, head over and rank the best soccer players of all time too!

list ordered by

1
64,207 34,686
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
63,145 28,991
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
45,371 19,195
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
24,767 19,298
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
25,587 17,230
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
25,118 15,500
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

7
23,323 14,822
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

8
27,957 19,967
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

9
18,713 8,862
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
19,473 8,909
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

11
16,392 16,903
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,730 9,546
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

13
14,882 9,752
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,272 11,569
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
13,563 5,833
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,019 4,133
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
13,653 8,357
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
10,558 4,916
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

19
7,318 2,967
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

20
11,767 8,381
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,126 5,748
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
9,827 7,044
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
7,031 1,634
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
13,858 6,031
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

25
8,553 5,890
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

26
9,980 4,928
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
5,935 2,303
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
9,483 9,247
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

29
6,273 3,411
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

30
7,569 9,604
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

31
6,497 4,485
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

32
9,336 6,879
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,407 7,243
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
6,773 3,781
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
6,101 6,590
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

36
4,068 1,269
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

37
6,609 5,798
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

38
5,161 3,395
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

39
5,087 2,472
Isco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

40
5,564 5,692
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

41
2,769 767
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

42
3,511 1,737
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
6,678 6,838
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

44
3,976 3,006
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
3,838 2,441
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

46
4,444 2,661
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

47
4,115 3,223
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

48
2,314 398
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

49
3,729 2,990
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
4,062 3,008
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward